Wanted: Knitters With The Write Stuff

editThis website has been a labor of love since 1999, first on Yahoo! geocities and now here on WordPress.com, and I have a lot of experience managing websites. Sadly, I have little time these days for actually looking for interesting and fun items to share (unless it falls in my lap) for all of you who follow this site and visit it.

So, I’ve decided to open up this blog and am currently looking for a few (up to 5 4) knitters who have their proverbial ear to the ground in the knitterly realm and would like to guest blog here on a bi-weekly basis.  You can use this site to bring exposure to your own site and if you don’t currently have a WordPress.com website, well, this is an excellent way to get your feet wet without diving into the deep end. As an extra bonus, I’d be happy to help you set up your very own site here on WordPress.com after 6 3 months of regular posting.

Interested? Drop me a note either in the comments here or on my contact page and let’s be in touch.

The Bells! The Bells!

Or: When Insomnia Strikes

When sunset is at 11:30 p.m., with twilight lasting until well after midnight, and sunrise comes at 4:30 a.m., what can one do?

In this case it turns out that people have the advantage over sheep. People can:

  1. pull down window blinds to block the light
  2. wear a sleep mask to block the light
  3. put a pillow over their head to block the light

Sheep have no such luck. They will wander and eat until it finally is mostly dark or they’ve exhausted themselves eating.

The problem comes at the intersection of sheep wearing collars with a bell and your B&B being right next to the field where the sheep are still grazing. With every movement of their head, the bell gives a merry little tinkle, multiplied by 6 or 7 or 8 or more.

I know, I counted.

My Norwegian Knitting Mis(sed)-Adventures

Nearly 10 days in Norway in May and June. Having done my research months in advance and lining up the wool shops mentioned in this post, you’d be right to think that most of it was spent frolicking in yarn, but that didn’t happen.

DH and I have a real knack for picking our vacations smack in the middle of some national or religious holiday wherever we are. This time our one full day in Bergen, Norway was during Ascension and every single yarn shop was closed. If we had wanted to purchase ready-made sweaters, there were plenty to be bought in the various shops catering to the multitudes from the cruise ships.

So as far as Bergen went, no Nilssen (though the sweater shop was open), no Norwegian Spirit (right across from our hotel), no Modellstrikk, no Strikkelykke. No garn.

That didn’t stop Bergen/Bryggen from being one of the most interesting places I’ve visited. The old wood buildings remaining from the Hanseatic League row houses now house galleries, restaurants and lots of interesting craft shops.

While I was planning our 4-day fjord road trip, I also noticed that the city of Dale was right off the highway on our first day out of Bergen and conveniently on our way to our 3-hour cruise on the Naeroyfjord. Hmm…. After finding the Dale of Norway website in English and tracking down the right email address (shopATdaleDOTno), I quickly wrote them and asked for the hours/directions of their outlet shop.

Dale of Norway Factory Outlet
Sandlivegen 2, 5722 Dalekvam
Tel: +4756595470

Hours (as of the end of May 2014):
Monday- Thursday 9.00-17.00
Friday 9.00-18.00
Saturday 9.00-14.00
Sunday closed

After parking the car, I nearly sprinted to the doors and wound my way through the lovely displays of new and last season’s sweaters and garments. At the back of the store I found myself in a woolly wonderland. Even a reformed yarnaholic could not resist buying a souvenir from the Dale Factory Outlet and I came away with 4 skeins of an unmarked alpaca/wool blend and 2 skeins of Ara, a thick and thin, single ply wool.2014-07-07 09

In my excitement (and feeling a bit of unspoken pressure from DH to get back on the road to meet our fjord cruise on time), my Dale experience went entirely undocumented. No Foursquare check-in, no photo of the Dale shop, no photo of the lovely sales person who spent her senior year of high school in southwest Minnesota. (Insert sound of hand smacking forehead here.)

The rest of our trip was spent driving, sightseeing, walking, eating and simply enjoying ourselves. The only other woolly encounter I had, besides flocks of sheep in fields and at times on the road, was at the Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo, but that will be another post for another time.



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Shetland Ponies Dressed in Sweaters

In order to promote tourism in the country, the National tourist board of Scotland dressed a couple of Shetland ponies in colorful knitted cardigan sweaters and did a little photoshoot. Fivla and Vitamin wore the custom-made red and brown sweaters, knitted by a local knitter Doreen Brown who made them out of Shetland wool. The success of the campaign was beyond expectations!

via Bored Panda

Filed under: Just.So.Wrong.

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Very, Very Old Socks | Threaded

I can’t stop staring at these socks. A pair of very, very old socks made in Egypt sometime between A.D. 250 and A.D. 420.

via Very, Very Old Socks | Threaded.

No matter how you look at them, those are seriously oddly-shaped stockings. #ancientaliens indeed!

Make sure to check out the rest of the stocking series on Smithsonian.com linked to in the above article itself.

And to all my American and expat American readers, wishing you a happy and filling Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for each and every one of you that stops by to spend a little time on my site. Yarnaholic Confessions has been online for 14 years this week. Thanks for making it a part of your day.